Elec­tors still have choice to make

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

On Dec. 19, the elec­toral col­lege is go­ing to cast its votes for pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent of the United States. This is be­cause the Found­ing Fa­thers chose a sys­tem in which nei­ther the pres­i­dent nor the vice pres­i­dent is elected di­rectly by the vot­ers. In our sys­tem, the vot­ers vote for the elec­tors, and the elec­tors in turn cast their votes for these of­fices.

The elec­tors are free to vote for whomever they be­lieve most qual­i­fied. In my view, there have been many ques­tions on the suit­abil­ity of Don­ald Trump to be our next pres­i­dent. There are also is­sues with Hil­lary Clin­ton. Be­cause of this, I call upon the elec­tors to choose nei­ther per­son, and in­stead to put their sup­port be­hind an­other can­di­date.

The best path for­ward for the elec­toral col­lege is to throw sup­port be­hind a can­di­date whom a num­ber of Trump-pledged elec­tors can sup­port: Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den. As the sit­ting vice pres­i­dent, Mr. Bi­den is ready to im­me­di­ately be­come pres­i­dent. And he is re­spected by both the right and left as a great states­man.

I would dis­cour­age the elec­tors from con­sid­er­ing ei­ther Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence or his Demo­cratic chal­lenger in the elec­tion, Sen. Tim Kaine of Vir­ginia. With the di­vi­sions we face as a na­tion, a uni­fied ad­min­is­tra­tion may be help­ful in heal­ing the coun­try.

ADAM CO­P­LEY Pleas­antville, Pa.

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